AIB All-Ireland Club Intermediate Hurling Championship Semi-Final – Ahascragh-Fohenagh (Galway) 1-17 Lismore (Waterford) 0-13

Ahascragh-Fohenagh (Galway) defeated Lismore (Waterford) by 1-17 to 0-13 in the AIB All-Ireland Club Intermediate Hurling Championship Semi-Final on Sunday January 29th at O’Connor Park Tullamore.

Fixture Details

29.01.2017 (Sun)
AIB GAA Hurling All-Ireland Intermediate Club Championship Semi-Finals
O’Connor Park, Tullamore 14.15
Ath Eascrach/Fothaine (Gaillimh) v Lismore (Port Láirge)
Referee: Mick Murtagh (An Iarmhí)
(E.T. if Necessary)

AIB All-Ireland Club Junior Football Championship Semi-Final – Glenbeigh-Glencar (Kerry) 4-14 Louisburgh (Mayo) 0-13

Glenbeigh-Glencar (Kerry) defeated Louisburgh (Mayo) by 4-14 to 0-13 in the AIB All-Ireland Club Junior Football Championship Semi-Final on Sunday January 29th at Cusack Park Ennis.

Darran O’Sullivan’s classy goal helps Glenbeigh-Glencar to Croker climax

Report by Eoghan Cormican for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Glenbeigh-Glencar 4-14 Louisburgh 0-13: They were accused of being mentally frail when having come up short in Kerry, but in securing passage to next month’s All-Ireland JFC final, Glenbeigh-Glencar showed nothing but character and self-belief.

In dismissing the challenge of Mayo and Connacht champions Louisburgh yesterday, Aidan O’Shea’s charges maintained the impressive record of Kerry clubs in the All-Ireland junior competition — Glenbeigh-Glencar are the 10th Kingdom outfit in 12 years to reach the All-Ireland junior football decider.

What embellished this latest semi-final win was it was achieved against the backdrop of a lightning start from Louisburgh which yielded seven unanswered points in the opening seven minutes. The Mayo outfit could do no wrong during the opening exchanges, with James Dowd (0-2), Kevin Gibbons (0-2, 0-1 free), Michael Gibbons, Austin O’Malley and Pádraic Prendergast (free) finding the target.

By way of contrast, their opponents could hardly catch possession, never mind a break. Five of goalkeeper Rory O’Connor’s first six kick-outs were fielded by a Louisburgh player, while their defence offered little by the way of resistance to the pace and movement of Kevin Gibbons and James Dowd.

Crucially, though, the Kerry champions kept their heads. There was no panic. Darran O’Sullivan showed his class to prise an opening in the opposition rearguard for their first point after 11 minutes. Tommy Cahill raised a second white flag and while Austin O’Malley fired over at the other end, Glenbeigh-Glencar were slowly settling into proceedings.

Kevin Courtney, having been put through by Gavin O’Grady on 18 minutes, delivered the opening major of the contest. And when Courtney kicked his first point, arriving as it did after two on the bounce from wing-back Caolim Teehan, the sides were level at 1-5 to 0-8.

Pádraic Prendergast briefly returned the Mayo side in front, but a Gavin O’Grady goal on 24 minutes nudged Glenbeigh-Glencar ahead and they didn’t once look over their shoulder thereafter.

The interval scoreline had them 2-6 to 0-10 clear and thoughts turned to a final appearance at Croke Park when Darran O’Sullivan rifled in goal number three.

Courtney nabbed his second and Glenbeigh- Glencar’s fourth entering the final quarter and while O’Sullivan, O’Grady and Courtney will receive much of the plaudits, it should be noted following Louisburgh’s early avalanche, the winning defence limited their opponents to just six points for the remainder of this semi-final.

Scorers for Glenbeigh-Glencar: K Courtney (2-3); G O’Grady (0-2 frees), D O’Sullivan (1-3 each); T Cahill (0-2 frees), C Teehan (0-2 each); J Brosnan (0-1).

Scorers for Louisburgh: K Gibbon (0-2 frees), Pádraic Prendergast (0-3 frees), J Dowd, A O’Malley (0-3 each); M Gibbons (0-1).

GLENBEIGH-GLENCAR: R O’Connor; S O’Sullivan, J Hoare, C Doyle; J Brosnan, P Kilkenny, C Teehan; C McGillycuddy, F Griffin; Danny O’Sullivan, Darran O’Sullivan, T Cahill; K Courtney, G O’Grady, D Griffin.
Subs: B Murphy for Danny O’Sullivan, J McKenna for D Griffin (both 44 mins); V Hoare for Doyle (48); D McGillycuddy for S O’Sullivan (51); C Purcell for Teehan, P Griffin for Cahill (both 57).

LOUISBURGH: D O’Malley; E O’Malley, M O’Malley, R Prendergast; Paul Prendergast, J Dawson, A Moran; Pádraic Prendergast, P O’Malley; J Gibbons, A O’Malley, P McDonnell; J Dowd, K Gibbons, M Gibbons.
Subs: O Lally for McDonnell (34 mins); D Pender for Paul Prendergast (38); E O’Toole for P O’Malley, T Dawson for J Gibbons (both 45); J Gibbons for Moran, J Reilly for M O’Malley (both 54)

Referee: B Cawley (Kildare).

Fixture Details

29.01.2017 (Sun)
AIB GAA Football All-Ireland Junior Club Championship Semi-Finals
Cusack Park, Ennis 12.30
Louisburgh (Maigh Eo) v Glenbeigh-Glencar (Ciarraí)
Referee: Brendan Cawley (Cill Dara)
(E.T. if Necessary)

AIB All-Ireland Club Intermediate Football Championship Semi-Final – Westport (Mayo) 1-10 Kenmare Shamrocks (Kerry) 0-11

Westport (Mayo) defeated Kenmare Shamrocks (Kerry) by 1-10 to 0-11 after extra time in the AIB All-Ireland Club Intermediate Football Championship Semi-Final on Sunday January 29th at Cusack Park Ennis.

Defiant Westport snatch it at the death

Report by Eoghan Cormican for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Westport 1-10 Kenmare 0-11 (after extra-time): We were 78 minutes into this All-Ireland Club IFC semi-final when Westport snuck their noses in front for the first time.

They had spent much of the day in Kenmare’s shadow; falling four behind in the opening quarter and trailing by three with the clock reading 54 minutes. That there was even need for extra-time was testament to their resilience and ability to remain with the Kerry and Munster champions, without ever threatening to beat them.

Behind 0-9 to 0-6 with time against them, Westport realised a goal was required to prolong their All-Ireland campaign. On 55 minutes, they should have been celebrating the opening green flag of this dogged clash where none of the big names on either side managed to leave their mark. Corner-back Niall McManamon had travelled the direct route through the Kenmare defence and with Phil Keegan unmarked inside, all that was required was a half-decent ball over the head of the final defender. The pass, though, was overcooked and possession dribbled over the end line, much to the frustration of the Mayo contingent in the 3,909 strong crowd.

Undeterred, Westport ploughed on. Lee Keegan, having won a free 45 metres from goal, had no interest in allowing one of his team-mates try their luck from a tight angle and so delivered the ball into the opposition danger area. Shane Scott took down possession and while referee Martin McNally initially ignored the foul on the Westport midfielder, he was prompted into awarding a penalty by one of his umpires.

Scott dispatched the penalty to level matters for only the second time. Kenmare forward Paul O’Connor had a chance to win it thereafter, but his ’45 didn’t have the distance. Dara O’Shea, with a monstrous kick from distance, drew first blood for the Kerry champions in extra-time. It was cancelled out by the lively Colm Moran, but again, Westport were unable to find a lead score. Paul O’Connor’s fifth free had Kenmare 0-11 to 1-7 in front at the turnaround and while the hamstring-troubled Stephen O’Brien was introduced for the second period, they would fail to add to their tally.

Brian McDermott secured parity on 75 minutes, with Scott pushing them into pole position two minutes from time. Dara Crowley had kicked wide at the other end in between these two scores and their best chance to draw level fell to O’Connor in the dying embers. His free, however, drifted right and wide. There was also a hefty challenge on Stephen O’Brien directly in front of goal that was waved away by the referee.

In searching for an equaliser during the three additional minutes awarded, gaps opened up at the back and Westport sub Colm Geraghty fired over the insurance score to set up a final date with St Colmcille’s on February 19.

Scorers for Westport: S Scott (1-1, 1-0 pen); L Staunton (0-2 frees), F McDonagh (0-1 free), C Moran (0-2 each); C Geraghty, B McDermott, P Lambert (0-1 each).

Scorers for Kenmare: P O’Connor (0-7, 0-5 frees); D O’Shea, P O’Shea, S O’Leary, S O’Shea (0-1 each).

WESTPORT: P O’Malley; B McDermott, K Keane, N McManamon; K Dever, L Keegan, J Walsh; B O’Malley, S Scott; P Keegan, F McDonagh, L Staunton; C Moran, P Lambert, O McLoughlin.
Subs: R Geraghty for McLoughlin (39 mins); D Horan for Staunton (48); C Geraghty for McDonagh (60); F McDonagh for B O’Malley (70); O McLoughlin for Lambert (78).

KENMARE: K Fitzgibbon; S O’Shea, T O’Sullivan, D Crowley; S O’Sullivan, D O’Shea, M Crowley; JM Foley, D Hallissey; S O’Leary, K O’Sullivan, A O’Leary; P O’Shea, S O’Shea, P O’Connor.
Subs: B O’Sullivan for P O’Shea (41 mins); S Dalton for Hallissey (58); C O’Sullivan for T O’Sullivan (69); S O’Brien for O’Leary (73); D Hallissey for for Dalton (73, bc).

Referee: M McNally (Monaghan).

Fixture Details

29.01.2017 (Sun)
AIB GAA Football All-Ireland Intermediate Club Championship Semi-Finals
Cusack Park, Ennis 14.15
Westport (Maigh Eo) v Kenmare Shamrocks (Ciarraí)
Referee: Martin McNally (Muineachán)
(E.T. if Necessary)

AIB All-Ireland Club Junior Hurling Championship Semi-Final – Mayfield (Cork) 1-14 Calry St Josephs (Sligo) 1-7

Mayfield (Cork) defeated Calry St Josephs (Sligo) by 1-14 to 1-7 in the AIB All-Ireland Club Junior Hurling Championship Semi-Final on Sunday January 29th at O’Connor Park Tullamore.

Nicky Kelly turns on power to fire Mayfield into final

Report by Daragh Ó Conchúir for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Mayfield (Cork) 1-14 Calry St Joseph’s (Sligo) 1-7: Mayfield are one step away from AIB All-Ireland Club Junior Hurling Championship glory after this workmanlike victory over dogged Calry St Joseph’s.

They recovered from a slow start to lead at the break 0-8 to 0-5 and the Cork City outfit pulled away in the second-half as the game fizzled out to an inevitable end despite Conor Griffin’s goal in the sixth minute of injury time for Calry.

Once again, Nicky Kelly’s class shone whenever he was in possession but the centre-forward, who finished with a goal and five points and had a hand in a couple of other scores, was very ably supported in the scoring stakes by David O’Neill and Kevin Punch, who scored four and three points from play, respectively.

The persistent drizzle made for a very scrappy affair but Calry began confidently and with Keith Raymond slotting three frees, were full value for their early two-point lead. They had a couple of half-chances for goals in the early exchanges that might have altered proceedings but were unable to avail of them.

Instead Punch, Kelly and David Malone hit points to settle Mayfield as they themselves went two ahead. Griffin and Raymond ensured the sides were level at 0-5 apiece by the 22nd minute but St Joseph’s failed to score for the next 24 minutes, while Mayfield upped the tempo and managed to create more space, having initially struggled with the conditions.

O’Neill, Punch and Kelly all hit the target before thei nterval, while Podge Duggan was only denied a goal by a smart save from Chris Madden. The game was decided by two events early in the second-half that left Calry with too steep a mountain to climb. In the 33rd minute, by which stage O’Neill had already raised a white flag, Kelly won possession and jinked clear but mishit his strike for a point from about 35 metres. Unfortunately for Madden though, the custodian misjudged the flight of the sliotar and it went all the way to the net to open a seven-point lead.

Punch had made it eight by the time Kevin Gilmartin received his second yellow card seven minutes later and there was no way back.

Mayfield were in cruise control from there and without being spectacular, saw the game out professionally. Raymond ended the Sligo champions’ drought from another placed ball but they needed goals and Griffin’s booted finish came much too late.

Scorers for Mayfield: N Kelly (1-5, 0-3 frees); D O’Neill (0-4); K Punch (0-3); D Hayes, D Malone (0-1 each)

Scorers for Calry/St Joseph’s: K Raymond (0-6 frees); C Griffin (1-1)

MAYFIELD: R O’Keeffe, K Brosnan, D Lucey, G Lehane, D Hayes, S O’Donovan, C Bond, K Punch, C O’Sullivan, D Malone, N Kelly, D O’Neill, S Duggan, K Walsh, P Duggan
Subs: I Looney for Malone (54); M Barry for Walsh (60), J O’Donovan for Hayes (60+4)

CALRY/ST JOSEPH’S: C Madden, T Kelly, J Kenny, J Kerwin, D Keown, C Behan, L Reidy, R Cox, K Raymond, K Gilmartin, D Collery, C Griffin, E McCarthy, J Gilmartin, M Gilmartin
Subs: F Coyne for Reidy (27-29); Coyne for Kerwin (57); N McDermott for Keown (60), D Cox for O’Callaghan (60)

Referee: G McGrath (Wexford)

Fixture Details

29.01.2017 (Sun)
AIB GAA Hurling All-Ireland Junior Club Championship Semi-Finals
O’Connor Park, Tullamore 12.30
Calry/St Joseph’s (Sligeach) v Mayfield (Corcaigh)
Referee: Gearoid McGrath (Loch Garman)
(E.T. if Necessary)

Munster Hurling League Final – Cork 1-21 Limerick 1-20

Cork defeated Limerick by 1-21 to 1-20 in the Co-Op Munster Hurling League Final on Sunday January 29th at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

First trophy of season goes to Cork

Limerick 1-20 Cork 1-21

Report by Michael Moynihan for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Cork leave it late to claim silverware

Report by Michael Moynihan for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Limerick 1-20 Cork 1-21: Alan Cadogan, the form player on the form team in the Co-op Munster senior hurling league, struck for a late, late goal in a sodden Gaelic Grounds yesterday to earn Cork the first silverware of the season.

Cork were two points behind deep in injury-time when substitute Seamus Harnedy picked out the Douglas club man and Cadogan finished coolly from an acute angle.

There was still time for Limerick to hunt out an equaliser, but Cork held on for the win.

“When the referee said five minutes (injury-time) I always felt we had a chance,” said Cork manager Kieran Kingston afterwards.

“It was exciting mainly because of the score, to be fair. The scoreline was up and down towards the end and it was anyone’s game up to the end.

“It was played with a lot of effort and work-rate, which you’d expect in a final. We were happy with that, tough conditions, it’s only January so it’s early days. For those that were there, it was exciting towards the end.”

The 2,372 on hand saw Cork go 0-3 to 0-1 up before Limerick goaled on eight minutes, a super James Ryan pass picking out David Dempsey, who finished well from close range.

The goal opened the game up, with the sides swapping points in slippery conditions, Limerick nudging ahead with a Barry Nash point at the end of the first quarter, 1-5 to 0-7.

The impressive Peter Casey hit four points on the spin and pushed Limerick two ahead; Patrick Horgan’s accuracy from frees tied the game for Cork, but there was still time for Graeme Mulcahy and Kyle Hayes to push Limerick two ahead at the break, 1-11 to 0-12.

On the resumption, Limerick were sharper, pushing three ahead by the 45th minute thanks to another Casey free — a good Nickey Quaid save denied Darragh Fitzgibbon a Cork goal just afterwards.

Dempsey gave Limerick a four-point lead turning into the final quarter but Horgan (two), Kingston, sub Seamus Harnedy, and Daniel Kearney put Cork ahead with five points in a row.

Limerick rallied, however. Points from Casey, Dempsey, and Byrnes (free) seemed to make it safe — until Cadogan’s late intervention.

John Kiely was frank at the final whistle. “I think we sucker-punched ourselves to be honest,” said the Limerick boss.

“We had plenty of chances to put the game into a safer position, we should’ve had a four or five-point lead and it was our own doing that we didn’t have ourselves in a better position. We left ourselves vulnerable to that goal.

“He (Cadogan) was under a lot of pressure, boys tried their best but he got it off, it’s more about the performance than the result.

“It would’ve been nice to win it, of course it would, but I’m very happy with the performance, I think we progressed quite a bit over the course of the last month.

“We controlled the game for large periods, we were very solid, we didn’t have a lot of options on the bench because we played a game yesterday with the rest of the panel so that left us a bit shy.

“On another day we would’ve had fresher legs to come in but I’m not making any excuses.”

For Cork, there was encouragement from the result and from the survival of newcomers such as David Griffin and Killian Burke in a full-back line which had to be reconfigured due to injury at half-time, while a first sighting of Seamus Harnedy in good form will also encourage the Leesiders.

This was a fairer reflection of Limerick’s quality after the seven-goal drubbing at Cork’s hands in the league proper. In Diarmaid Byrnes they have a long-range free-taker of real quality and Peter Casey was dangerous all through.

A decent warm-up for the league in a fortnight’s time? Absolutely. If February’s fare is as entertaining as yesterday there’ll be no complaints.

Scorers for Limerick: P. Casey (0-9, 0-7 frees); D. Dempsey (1-3), D. Byrnes (0-4, 0-3 frees); G. Mulcahy, B. Nash, K. Hayes, G. Hegarty (0-1 each).

Scorers for Cork: P. Horgan (0-9, 0-7 frees); A. Cadogan (1-2) C. Lehane, S. Kingston (0-3); D. Brosnan, M. Coleman, D. Kearney, S. Harnedy (0-1 each).

LIMERICK: N. Quaid, S. Cahill, R. McCarthy, M. Casey, D. Byrnes, D. Hannon, G. O’Mahony, P. Browne, J. Ryan (C), G. Hegarty, D. Dempsey, K. Hayes, P. Casey, B. Nash, G. Mulcahy
Subs: C. Lynch for J. Ryan (60); K. O’Brien for (66) for Hayes (67); S. Tobin for Mulcahy (73).

CORK: A. Nash, S. McDonnell, C. Spillane, D. Cahalane, M. Ellis, C. Joyce, M. Coleman, L. McLoughlin, D. Kearney, C. Lehane, L. Meade, S. Kingston, A. Cadogan, P. Horgan, D. Fitzgibbon
Subs: D. Griffin for Cahalane and K. Burke for Spillane, D. Brosnan for McLoughlin (all HT); S. Harnedy for Fitzgibbon (60); C. O’Sullivan for McDonnell (72).

Referee: P. Kelly (Tipperary)

Team News

Limerick senior hurling team to face Cork in the Co-op Munster Senior Hurling League Final this Sunday afternoon at 2pm in Gaelic Grounds has been released.

1. Nicky Quaid (Effin), 2. Stephen Cahill (Tournafulla), 3. Richie McCarthy (Blackrock), 4. Mike Casey (Na Piarsaigh), 5. Diarmaid Byrnes (Patrickswell), 6. Declan Hannon (Adare), 7. Seamus Hickey (Murroe/Boher), 8. Paul Browne (Bruff), 9. James Ryan (Garryspillane) (Captain), 10. Gearoid Hegarty (St. Patrick’s), 11. Cian Lynch (Patrickswell), 12. Kyle Hayes (Kildimo/Pallaskenry), 13. Peter Casey (Na Piarsaigh), 14. Barry Nash (South Liberties) and 15. Graeme Mulcahy (Kilmallock).
16. David McCarthy (Glenroe), 17. Seanie O Brien Patrickswell, 18. Richie English (Doon), 19. Gavin O Mahony (Kilmallock), 20. Darragh O Donovan (Doon), 21. David Dempsey (Na Piarsaigh), 22. Sean Tobin (Murroe/Boher), 23. Ronan Lynch Na Piarsaigh, 24. Tom Morrissey (Ahane), 25. Kevin O Brien (Patrickswell), 26. Andrew La Touche Cosgrave, (Monaleen).

The Cork Senior Hurling team to play Limerick on Sunday 29th January at 2pm in the Co-op Munster Hurling League Final @ Gaelic Grounds has been announced as follows.

1. Anthony Nash – Kanturk
2. Stephen McDonnell – Glen Rovers
3 Colm Spillane – Castlelyons
4. Damian Cahalane – St Finbarr’s
5. Mark Ellis – Millstreet
6. Christopher Joyce – Na Piarsaigh
7. Mark Coleman – Blarney
8. Lorcan McLoughlin – Kanturk
9. Daniel Kearney – Sarsfields
10. Conor Lehane – Midleton
11. Luke Meade – Newcestown
12. Shane Kingston – Douglas
13. Alan Cadogan – Douglas
14. Patrick Horgan – Glen Rovers
15. Darragh Fitzgibbon – Charleville
16. Patrick Collins – Ballinhassig
17. David Griffin – Carrigaline
18. Conor O’Sullivan – Sarsfields
19. Jack Sheehan – Erins Own
20. Killian Burke – Midleton
21. Chris O’Leary – Valley Rovers
22. Cormac Murphy – Mallow
23. Paul Haughney – Midleton
24. Dean Brosnan – Glen Rovers
25. Seamus Harnedy -St Ita’s
26. Michael Cahalane – Bandon

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